The top 5 remixes by Toronto producers, summer 2014
We're back for round two of our local remix roundup, this time focusing on releases that had a spotlight on them during the summer months. If you missed the first round for winter/spring 2014, you can check it here. Summer gives us two repeat offenders, who continue to make a name for themselves by reworking tunes and giving them a new feel.
Calvin Harris - Summer (Diplo & Grandtheft Remix)
There have been countless remixes of 160 million-streamed "Summer" by Calvin Harris over the past few months, but none match the explosive star power that is packed in this remix by Diplo and Grandtheft. This official remix offers a trap spin on the original, with bed squeaks, booming bass and high-hitting percussion. This marks the second Harris remix by Diplo and Grandtheft, following "Sweet Nothing" featuring Florence Welch. Championed by countless DJs at festivals worldwide all summer, this jam will continue to have an impact into the school year.
Golden Coast - Break My Fall (Rainer + Grimm Remix)
After catching fire online with their Sam Smith "Stay With Me" remix, eventually picked up by Capitol for mainstream radio, this duo followed up with a remix of a single from Golden Coast, a relatively unknown LA synth pop band. The original was well received, but Rainer + Grimm's remix quickly hit #1 on Hype Machine's popular charts. Now co-signed by taste-making YouTube channel Majestic Casual, it's rapidly approaching one million plays. Catch the duo live in Toronto on September 11th at Weldon Park and then September 12th at The Hoxton opening for Klangkarussell.
Tears for Fears - Shout (Avenue Remix)
This remix was released in January, but remained relatively dormant until July, when it was reposted and approved by Tears for Fears through their Facebook account. It climbed to the top of Hype Machine's charts and continues to receive praise as 80's synth-pop makes a serious resurgence in electronic music daily. Avenue's energetic spin on the classically famous 1985 tune is sure to get you (and your mom) dancing, singing along and letting it all out.
Natural Animal - Last Night ft. Craig Stickland (Strokes Cover)
This Toronto-made cover of The Strokes' "Last Night" is an awesome new interpretation of the original. Singer/model Craig Stickland puts a smooth and sultry spin on the vocals, while duo Natural Animal offers a nice cowbell infused, shiny pop remix on the classic tune. The first single from Natural Animal's upcoming release is set to drop in the coming weeks, but for now, enjoy this Hype Machine #1 - it's all positive summer vibes!
BANKS - Drowning (Love Thy Brother Remix)
Love Thy Brother's remix of Banks' single Drowning dropped in June and has been receiving much love all summer long, reaching #1 on Wavo and #3 on Hype Machine. The two Toronto-born brothers embrace vintage electronic sounds on this deep and dark tropical house rendition, offering up a nice serving of hard-hitting percussion and distorted samples, while staying true to the sexy, atmospheric vibe of the original.
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